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18-12-2009

EUbusiness 471 top stories: EU eyes new CO2 cut targets as climate talks falter; Brussels ends Microsoft war with browser deal; Banana deal offers hope for global trade talks; European Parliament approves EUR 123bn budget for 2010; EU cuts key fishing quotas in Atlantic, North Sea; One million fewer in work across EU in third quarter.

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 471
18 December 2009
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU eyes new CO2 cut targets as climate talks falter
2. Brussels ends Microsoft war with browser deal
3. Banana deal offers hope for global trade talks
4. European Parliament approves EUR 123bn budget for 2010
5. EU cuts key fishing quotas in Atlantic, North Sea
6. One million fewer in work across EU in third quarter

Publisher's Note
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As the EU winds down for the Christmas break, it has
this week managed to close the book on some key issues.
These include a landmark decision to end its war with
Microsoft on opening up its Windows operating system
to rival Internet browsers, and a historic deal to
end the 16-year dispute over banana tariffs.

The question that now remains is whether the EU
can push world leaders to a global deal on tackling
climate change at the UN talks in Copenhagen.

I wish you the Season's Greetings, and a healthy and
successful New Year. The next newswire will be sent out
in January.

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU eyes new CO2 cut targets as climate talks falter
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The EU has urged major world polluters to set new long-term
goals to fight climate change, realising they will fail to
match its ambitious offer to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/un-climate-warming.1zh

2. Brussels ends Microsoft war with browser deal
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European regulators have forced Microsoft to open up its
Windows operating system to rival Internet browsers in a
landmark decision unveiled on Wednesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/internet-software.1ze

3. Banana deal offers hope for global trade talks
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Latin American nations and the EU have struck a historic
deal aimed at ending a 16-year dispute over banana tariffs,
offering a potential boost to ailing global trade talks.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/wto-trade-meet-farm.1yy

4. European Parliament approves EUR 123bn budget for 2010
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The European Parliament on Thursday approved a EUR 122.9bn
EU "recovery" budget for 2010, a six per cent increase over
this year, aimed at helping the bloc emerge from recession.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-economy.20b

5. EU cuts key fishing quotas in Atlantic, North Sea
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The EU has reduced fishing quotas for haddock and other key
catches in 2010, covering waters in the Atlantic, the North
Sea and the channel between France and England.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/fish-economy.1zv

6. One million fewer in work across EU in third quarter
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More than one million fewer people were classed as working
across the European Union in the third quarter of 2009
compared to the previous three-month period.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.1xp

EU LAW
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Arms import tax: judges at the European Court of Justice
have ordered six European countries to pay overdue import
taxes on imported arms.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/military-tax.1yj
Court declares EDF compatible with common market
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/eulaw/common.market.EDF.01
Rights court rules to protect press sources
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-rights.1yv
Rights court upholds British hunt ban
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-hunting.1zs
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/eulaw
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Strike: almost 3,000 EU staff went on strike Thursday in
defence of an inflation-busting wage rise that a dozen EU
countries are refusing to implement.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/employee-pay-strike.206
EU's new top diplomat to visit Middle East
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/mideast-israel.1z1
Spain reassures Van Rompuy over division of EU roles
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-diplomacy.1yp
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Berlusconi: EP president Jerzy Buzek has strongly condemned
the assault on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi,
stressing that violence had no place in politics.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/italy-politics.1y9
MEPs protest French expulsion of Afghans
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-britain.1yo

At their plenary session this week, Euro-MPs urged an
updating of the rules on public access to EU documents in
the light of the Lisbon Treaty; called for a say in the
freezing of terrorists' bank accounts; and postponed a
vote on the display of crucifixes in Italian schools.

Parliament is now in recess over the Christmas and New Year
holidays. Business resumes on 11 January with a week devoted
to hearings of Commissioners-designate and meetings of
political groups ahead of the 18-22 January plenary session.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

Commission Watch
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Greece: the Union's top economic enforcer Joaquin Almunia
has urged Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to deliver
"concrete measures" to fix the country's budgetary chaos.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.1yk
EU gives EUR 50 million to Horn of Africa drought victims
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/un-climate-warming.209
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

EU diary
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17-18 Dec, Transport and Telecom Council
22-22 Dec, Environment Council
25 Dec, Christmas
1 Jan, Start of Spanish EU presidency

The Week Ahead: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/EUcalendar
Long-term diary: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/eu-diary

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Analysis
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Focus on forests and finance: during the last two days of
the Copenhagen Summit, world leaders should focus less on
targets and more on forest protection and finance - Stephen
Tindale, Climate Answers
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/09-12-17
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Events
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20 Jan, Milan: Economics of culture, institutions and crime
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/research/susdiv.09

16 Jan, London: Interconnection World Forum
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Policy Forum
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Parliament vote on Microfinance Facility: positive idea
diluted by funding confusion
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/sme/eurochambres.09-12-15
More press: http://www.eubusiness.com/press

Briefing
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EU Recommendations for Passengers
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/airlines/passengers.02

Small Business Act (SBA) implementation
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/sme/sba.09

EC decision on Microsoft's web browser Choice Screen
http://www.eubusiness.com/internet/microsoft-browser.02

Markets for agricultural products: Bananas
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/agri/markets-bananas
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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EU signs 'open skies' deal with Canada 17-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/canada-transport.20k
Rail workers mount snow-bound Brussels jobs protest 17-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/transport-rail.20d
Brussels readies to close E.ON gas competition probe 17-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-sector.20c
EU launches cartel action against banana importers 17-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-farm.204
Brazil industry, exports groups to open EU office 16-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/brazil-economy.1z9

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